29 March 2011

...And The World Just Got BIGGER! The World of Comics That Is!

Big World The Battle for Diversity one of the many chapters in Scott McClouds book Reinventing Comics The Twelve Revolutions. In this chapter three of revolutions are the main focus, and they all have the same theme; diversity. Diversity is one of the main focuses in this chapter. It talks about diversity within comics. And how it expands the boundaries of comics. The three revolutions discussed are Gender Balance, Minority Representation, and Diversity of Genre. The first one is all about women and how they have changed comics. McCloud talks about when he was younger he didn't even know about women comic artists. He also discusses the fact that the comic world was like an all boys club. But now and then woman have changed comics by adding different styles and also come out with some common traits of comics. Gender balance also goes with the consumer. The balance of men and women reading comics. If both sexes read comics, then that means that comics will expand and become more popular.
Minority representation is all about the different races that are getting involved in comics. And how all races are represented in comics. This part of the chapter is about how back in the day white writers would try and make comics that had to do with issues in the black community. In this time they also started coming out with superhero's that were of different ethnicity's. This isn't only about race...but about sexuality. Back when comics were first being established it was not really common for people to write about people of color or about someone who was gay. McCloud writes "when writing about a social or physical condition which is a minority experience, members of that minority will have an advantage to portraying it." By writing comics about problems within a minority it makes things easier for other people to understand. It also gives comics a more diverse group of readers.
Diversity of Genre is the key to the other previous revolutions discussed. In this definition McCloud uses genre to define a broad category of fiction or nonfiction. He discusses the different genres that can be established through comics. He also discusses how some genres sell better than others or how they are more popular. Genres are all different when it comes to comics. This is why the potential for comics is limitless. These three revolutions show how comics can expand and become big! They all go hand and hand. And with one another they allow expansion of the comic community. Their are so many possibilities.

I think that this chapter in Reinventing Comics was very informative. It really made me see how the involvement of everyone and anyone is important to the expansion of comics. Without getting noticed by different people then comics will stay sheltered. Diversity allows comics to expand in all directions. I also liked this chapter because, it is important to recognize woman and their contribution to comics. It isn't just an "boys club"! Woman have different ideas and able to throw out some new ideas about styles of comics. They change things up. Without diversity comics will never become popular. I think that is why McCloud makes it the main theme of this chapter.


  1. When you talk about how women have changed comics you should give some examples from the reading. McCloud writes in the reading that women were still able to pass on their writing traditions even after their opportunity to make comics was lost after soldiers came back from World War II.

  2. I dont remember reading the part about the women passing their writing traditions after WWll but it makes sense. I found that part a bit confusing. I might have to reread it again

  3. Good call, justin!

    This isn't bad, Margaret. You might just want to proofread more closely in the future ;-)

  4. Nice summary, but I would liked to have read more on superhero's being the dominate genre in comics. Very nice opinion on how women should be more recognized on their contributions.